Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters is a game-time decision for Tuesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers (21-4), according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Waiters missed Tuesday’s shootaround after banging knees with Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller in practice on Monday. Zeller must be some sort of a bad luck charm, as he has battled a few fluke injuries already this season and hasn’t seen much playing time in Mike Brown’s lineups because of the packed frontcourt.
Cavaliers color analyst Fred McLeod also confirmed that Waiters would be a game-time decision, saying that the medical team is calling it a right knee contusion. This could be a big blow for the Cavaliers, as Portland is the top seed in the Western Conference at the moment and currently possesses the best record in the NBA. This is due to their consistent starting rotation, which features Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez. All five of the aforementioned players have started in all 25 games for the Trail Blazers thus far, while all averaging over 30 minutes per game.
Because of this, Portland’s bench currently ranks 25th in the league in points per game. This isn’t causing Portland many problems because of the top-tier offense they boast with their starters and the fact that those guys swallow up a majority of the team’s minutes. But since Waiters has been coming off of the bench, he has provided a spark for the Wine & Gold. Cleveland’s bench currently ranks fifth in the League, averaging 39.7 points per game.
Over the last 10 games, Waiters is averaging 15.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and is logging 28.3 minutes, while shooting 46.0 percent from the field. Stay tuned to Right Down Euclid to find out if Dion sees action Tuesday night and to see how the Cavaliers fared against Portland. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.